So it turns out that Belmond hotel splendido is somewhere pretty special...
Iv had this place in my sights for the longest time, so its always a delight when it lives up to expectation
And its not just because the property is filled with flowers
Or that it has views of Postitano to die for
Or that it has that old school Italian riviera thing down to a fine art
Perhaps...its the champagne bar....
Its something you cant put into words...so i'll try and let the photos do the talking
Hotel splendido is the kind of place where I just couldn't put my camera down
Its the perfect setting for a Champagne cocktail, while you watch the boats sailing past.
And lunch at La Terrazza is no less an event.
Ending with the most decadent chocolatey deserts
That taste as fabulous as they look.
After spending the morning and afternoon in Montegrioggi and Sienna, we headed to the little town of Volturi For the evening.
As I said in my previous post, our trip to Volterra was totally inspired by the Twilight Movies, although its not where all of the scenes fro the movie were filmed.
And with its medieval streets situated on a hill and built from sienna (or cinnamon brown) stone, and red and white flags at half mast it didn't disappoint
It really is like going back in time
We strolled around the cobbled streets, picked up some gelato and found the Pinacoteca e museo civico (a medieval art museum) which was just gorgeous
And then we hopped in the car and headed to San Gimignano, another walled medieval city not far from Volterra
Taking in more views of the gorgeous countryside along the way
Much bigger and perhaps a little more touristy than Volterra, its still super pretty and definitely worth a stop on your Tuscan tour
San gimignano is flanked by blue flags at half mast everywhere...which really made the most incredible sight.
We left San Gimignano just as golden hour was hitting and we were begging tire of medieval streets and gelato
Which made for the most beautiful views over the Tuscan countryside on the drive back to the hotel
No matter how much or how little you have been travelling in the past, if you are like most people then this is one of your main goals in life... its definitely mine. The fact of the matter is that the more you travel, the more of life you get to experience , so it is definitely something that you want to think about.
The truth is that there are many interesting and varied places you can go, but often it is best to begin with some of the simpler and more well visited places. The beauty of such destinations is that you at least know that you are going to have a good time, because they are tried and tested by so many people. In this post, im going to take a look at a few of the really classic holiday destinations that you might want to consider for your next jaunt abroad.
For Brits in particular, Spain is just about the most popular tourist destination, and there is a very good reason for that( I now consider myself an expert after 3 years). Because it is so close and relatively inexpensive to get to, it can be a much less stressful travel destination - but still somewhere you an have a great time and enjoy yourself as much as you could anywhere in the world. What’s more, Spain is always surprisingly varied too,with an abundance of culture and history.You would never going to be bored or feel as though you don’t have enough to do. You could go and do the party thing and find a luxury apartment to rent in Marbella, which is a particularly popular option and great for a weekend with the girls (see my post here) Or you might want to go to the cities instead, and visit Barcelona (one of my all time favourite city's) or Madrid. In any case, you will find that its a great way to have a holiday, and is likely to leave you wanting more - which is good news, because you can always easily go back.
France is much more than just its capital of love, although that is of course one of the main reasons for visiting( I was actually both married and engaged here). You could easily spend a week in Paris alone visiting the many restaurants, world-class museums and art galleries, and incredibly famous structures. But there is much more to France which you might consider too, and in a sense a whole other side of it. If you visit the Alps, for instance, you can expect a snow-drift sunny landscape of joy, and possibly even try your hand (and feet) at a spot of snowboarding or skiing. Or you could just while away the days in a small French town in Provence, eating some of the best food in the world. It’s up to you, but in any case this classic destination is a must-do at least once in your life. PS its my all time favourite country...if that's not praise I don't know what is
Australia is tempting and popular for many reasons, but perhaps most of all due to its sheer size and variation. No matter what it is that you are looking for, you will find that you are able to see it or do it in this beautiful country. What’s more, once you have paid for the flight over there, the cost of living is very small, so in many ways it ends up being a fairly cheap holiday.